2016 International Meetings and Programs Schedule

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Thank you for joining us at the ALA 2016 Annual Conference!

The ALA Annual Conference offers you an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your knowledge, share your ideas, and network with experts from around the globe as you participate in one of the largest and most exciting library events in the world! Around 2,200 scheduled events of which more than 500 are programs, discussions, sessions, and in-depth facilitated and informal conversations, and 900+ exhibitors.

Below is a list of meetings and events for the International Relations Committee (IRC), the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), and other ALA Offices hosting programs with an international focus.

 

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24

 
Internationalizing Your Library: Strategies for All Types of Librarians: Public/School/Academic/National/Government -- IRRT Preconference
#140186
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W205A
Description: Calls for internationalizing libraries are increasing in the library world, and among all types of libraries—public, school, academic, and government-national.  But what does it mean to “internationalize?”  It can take many forms.  It can mean providing other-language materials or ESL/citizenship classes in a public library; it can mean adding literature from other lands in a school library; it can mean offering outreach and instruction to international students in an academic library; it can mean increasing foreign partnership collections in a government/national library; and much, much more.  This preconference will feature specialists from all 4 library types (public/school/academic/government-national), providing strategies for internationalizing.   Participants will gather in subgroups of the 4 library types to hear their own specialists, ensuring getting the most relevant (tailored) information.
 
REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
 
Cost: $90 USD
Registration includes: Materials, refreshments and lunch.
 
Event code: IRO1
 
 


International Relations Committee I (IRC)
#140186
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W334

 


International Librarians Orientation
#141465
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W109B
Description: An introduction to the ALA Conference and the city of Orlando, for international and other attendees from abroad. ALA members will provide an overview of the conference, including recommended programs and social activities. Learn about conference transportation, how to navigate the exhibit hall and how to get involved. You will also meet and network with other colleagues from ALA’s many divisions and round table who will help you to get the most from your conference experience.
 

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

 
IRC*/IRRT+ All Subcommittee Meeting
#159886
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Orange County Convention Center, W308
 
+8:30 - 9:00 am      IRRT Chairs Meeting
+9:00 - 10:00 am    IRRT Subcommittee Meetings
+10:00 - 11:30 am  IRRT Chairs report back to IRRT Executive Board


*8:30 – 11:30am    IRC Committee Meetings

 

From Vietnam to Syria: Refugees, Their Stories, and Needs
#152593
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Orange County Convention Center, W103B
Description: During the Vietnam War, thousands of refugees fled the fighting and political violence in Southeast Asia and came to the United States. Some of these refuges settled in Orlando, establishing what today is the largest Asian population in the region. At the APALA President’s Program, co-sponsored by IRRT, IFLA, and REFORMA, Vietnamese Americans will tell their stories about fleeing the violence for a new life and librarians will share their programs and strategies for helping today's refugees. Many parallels can be drawn between the refugee crisis during the Vietnam War and the current crisis in the Middle East. Join us to discuss what role libraries can play in aiding the millions of refugees and unaccompanied refugee children in their time of need.


IFLA 2016 Update-Columbus
#168620
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W308
Description: Attending the IFLA 2016 conference in Columbus, Ohio? Come and hear updates from IFLA organizers and staff about the conference, IFLA organization, committee information, and more!


2016 East Asia & Pacific Forum
#141459
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W110B
Description: The 2016 East Asia & Pacific Forum focuses on the library transformation of the academic libraries and public libraries at the East Asia & Pacific region.


Borderless Libraries: Pushing Boundaries for Innovation and Leadership-IRRT International Paper Session & Projects
#141458
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W103B
Description: Learning and research today are increasingly global and interdisciplinary. To meet the challenges and needs of our interconnected world, libraries are reaching outside of their institutional and geographical borders to cooperate with institutions and agencies of all types. With increased awareness of shared missions and common challenges, libraries are forming learning networks to gain insights and achieve solutions to respond to community needs. This program will feature presentations on projects and collaborations that cross traditional boundaries, both geographical and institutional, in order to innovate and lead.             

    
Empower the Citizens: Copenhagen Libraries Strategy 2014-2018
#141461
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    
Orange County Convention Center, W303
Description: Copenhagen Libraries are working with an ambitious plan for developing libraries, involving all aspects of library service. The strategy has four general focus areas; The physical library, the digital library, the outreaching library and competency development combined with trust-based organization. One central element in the strategy is service reorganization. Copenhagen Libraries work as part of the strategy to create a more systematic approach to service of the citizens. The service reorganization includes a number of new services in shape of several scheduled activities and more outreach and targeted library service.     
       
 

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

 
IRRT Executive Committee Meeting
#167772
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Orange County Convention Center, S321


International Poster Session
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Exhibit floor - View list of poster session (opens in PDF file, scroll to page 43)
Description: Come to the Exhibit floor and find out about innovative programs and transformative ideas that are shaping libraries all over the world.
 
 
How Libraries and Librarians can act as community resources in building bridges between different communities
#141462
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Orange County Convention Center, W203
Description: Libraries and librarians have a powerful role in the communities they serve. With their resources and knowledge they can build relationships between people from different backgrounds. Libraries and librarians need to give their assistance when there is a social issue in their community, city, or in the country. Furthermore, librarians should provide communities with information that can help them use scientific tools to evaluate the media information.   
 

Public libraries finding their place at the heart of civic life in South Korea
#141463
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W205
Description: This session will present a snapshot of 70 years of Korean libraries, with an emphasis on public libraries; as well as showcasing an innovative current research project that enhances the public awareness of the value and impact of public libraries in the society.
Speakers: Nahyum Kwon, Member of the International Committee, Korean Library Association, Professor, Department of Library & Information Science, Myongji University (nahyun.kwon@gmail.com)
 
 
Leaning International: Stories from the field-IRRT International Connections
#141429
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W110B
Description: For MLS students through seasoned information professionals interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences.  Sessions are split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time.  These interactive events have included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more!                                    


Strategies to Grow and Sustain Libraries in Africa
#141623
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W102B
Description: Join us as those working on the front lines with African communities and institutions to deliver library services in Africa share their experiences, best practices, and lessons learned.   Learn about innovative solutions and how you or your library might get involved.


Services to Spanish Speakers: Best Practices and Models from Latin America
#141467
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W103B
Description: Guest speakers from the popular online space Infotecarios, an online forum by and for Latino American librarians serving thousands of colleagues, will share innovative best practices and models to serve Spanish speakers in that region. Join us and learn how you can adapt these to serve your communities.                         
      

MONDAY, JUNE 27

 
Collaborating for Sustainable Libraries: Examples from International Developing Economies (ISLD program)
#141478
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Orange County Convention Center, W103B
Description: Experts (each with previous Peace Corps service) in initiating and supporting libraries in developing economies will report on the critical importance of collaboration for sustainability. Specific examples of current projects and models will be presented and details of their origins and implementation will be discussed.                



Best Practices of Internationalizing Libraries: Public, School, & Academic-IRRT Chair’s Program
#141468
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, W101B
Description: Calls for internationalizing libraries are increasing in the library world, and among all types of libraries—public, school, and academic.  But what does it mean to “internationalize?”  It can take many forms.  It can mean providing other-language materials or ESL/citizenship classes in a public library; it can mean adding literature from other lands in a school library; it can mean offering outreach and instruction to international students in an academic library; and much, much more.  This program will feature a showcase of “best practices” examples—in school, public, and academic libraries—of internationalizing efforts.
 
 
International Relations Committee II (IRC)
#168320
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, S321
 

International Librarians Reception
#140168
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Cuba Libre restaurant
Description: Please join the ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 70 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d’oeuvres and open bar. ALA President, Sari Feldman, will announce the recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Projects. Winners of the Bogle Pratt Award and the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship will be announced. Advance registration is required. International librarians registered for the full conference will receive one complimentary ticket. A ticket must be purchased for additional guests. Tickets will be sold in the convention center. *No tickets will be sold at the reception site.*        REGISTER today!       


 

ADDITIONAL MEETINGS/EVENTS

Listed below are programs, discussion groups, and events with an international focus. Some events require advance registration and payment. Please see conference site for more details.

 

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016


 


SATURDAY, June 25, 2016



 

+++Exhibit Hours+++

Friday, June 24 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 25 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 28 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, June 27 9:00 am – 2:00 pm



(Note: All panels, programs, and events are conducted in English only.)



LOCATIONS

Orange County Convention Center
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

 

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